Policies & Procedures
Student safety is of upmost importance to ALE. Our campus has video surveillance as well as a School Resource Officer assigned to our campus. We invite parents to come on campus but ask that you check in through the office first. You will be asked to show a photo ID for each visit to campus. If you need to go anywhere on campus other than the office, you will be given a visitor tag to wear.
Student information sheets are printed each school year from information entered by parents online using our new online enrollment program.. Only the people you list on this information sheet will be allowed to check your child out of school. They must present a photo ID. If the person is not on the information sheet, they will not be allowed to check your child out.
Due to safety concerns, we cannot make any changes to your child’s information sheet over the phone. The only people allowed to change anything on the information sheet is the legal parent or guardian. This has to be done in person after presenting a photo ID.
Any transportation changes can only be made by the legal parent or guardian. This has to be done in person after ID is verified. This cannot be done over the phone as we cannot verify who the caller is.
ALE does not allow visitor cell phone usage in the office. Our car drop-off/pick-up area is also a hands-free zone and cell phones are prohibited. This is a safety procedure we have in place.
For safety, only one gate is open to visitors during school hours. This is considered the main gate and is in the front of the school at the end of the drop off area. This gate is opened as soon as the school bell rings. Before the bell rings, the car drop off gate is the only one open. This gate is by the student assembly center. After school starts, this gate is locked to visitors.
For more safety procedures please read our student handbook.
Arrival and Dismissal
The procedures for arrival and dismissal must be adhered to for the safety of all students. School hours are 8:20 a.m. - 3:21 p.m. Students are not allowed on campus before 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive on campus after 8:20 a.m. are considered tardy and must be checked into the school office by an adult. Students that are tardy will receive an office note to be admitted to class. Excessive tardies may result in students being assigned detention to complete missed work and/or being referred for truancy.
Any student leaving school before 3:21 p.m. must be checked out in the office. Only the persons listed on the student’s information sheet will be allowed to check the student out. Please be prepared to show your ID.
Students are not allowed to check out after 3:10 p.m. as they are enroute to buses and car pick-up.
For the safety of your child we can only accept transportation changes in person with a picture ID. We do not accept changes made by phone, fax or email.
Check In and Check Out/ Tardies
All students must be accompanied by an adult and signed in through the office if they arrive at school after the bell rings. Students are allowed five (5) unexcused tardies a semester for those unexpected things that arise. After that, students may face consequences and may be referred for truancy. To avoid tardies, we recommend that students ride the bus. If a bus arrives late, students will not receive a tardy. Please note that if you need to pick up your child, please do so by 3:10. Students will not be allowed to check out after 3:10. This is for the safety of students as buses and carpool are arriving and positioning for dismissal.
After 8:20 a.m. - Tardy (must be checked in through the school office by an adult)
Between 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. — Tardy but present for full day
Between 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Present 1/2 day
After 12:00 p.m. — Absent all day
Between 8:20 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. — Absent all day
Between 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Absent 1/2 day
After 12:00 p.m. - Present full day, but will count as a checkout if not excused
Students are only allowed 5 unexcused tardies or checkouts per semester. At the 6th tardy, your child may receive recess detention. More than 5 may also result in truancy issues.
For the safety of your child we can only accept transportation changes in person with an ID. We do not accept changes made by phone, fax or email.
Car riders are to enter at car drop off by the Student Assembly Center and cannot be dropped off before 7:50 a.m. The Student Assembly Center gate will open in the morning at 7:50 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. All car riders are to be dropped off in the car drop off area. They MUST go through the car drop off line. Students are NOT allowed to be dropped off in the parking areas or walked to class.
The car drop off gate is closed as soon as the bell rings for school to start. If you are in line and the chain is put up before you are in the circle drive, you will need to check your child in through the office. Your child is considered tardy for school after the chain is up.
Car riders are picked up by the Student Assembly Center in the afternoons. The school issued car tag must be presented to pick up a child through car pick up. Without a tag, students must be signed out through the office. Students will be brought to the office AT THE CONCLUSION of parent pick up.
Please note that students not picked up by the time our car pick up ends will be brought to the office for parent pick up. Students will be signed out which counts as a late pick up/tardy. Whomever signs a student out in the office must be on the child’s checkout list.
Car Pick up ending times vary based on the number of students being picked up each day. It is important that you are in line at bell time. (3:21) If you are consistently tardy picking your child up from car pick up, your student may lose the privilege of being a car rider.
Only students at ALE can be dropped off or picked up in this car drop- off.
Car riders are given more specific directions about pick up once designated as a car rider.
All School Zones are Hands Free Zones! No Cell Phone use is allowed during car pick up unless a hands-free device is utilized.
Cars are not allowed in the bus zone area at the back of the school. All bus riders will enter and exit the bus in the bus loading zone. Students are assigned to ONE bus only per route(AM/PM). Students are not allowed to ride a different bus from the one they are assigned. (Therefore students are not allowed to ride home with friends on a different bus, etc.)
All PreK through first grade students MUST have someone waiting at the bus stop for them. Your bus driver CANNOT leave your child if no one is there. Bus riders MUST be visible to the bus driver when waiting at stop.
The privilege of riding a bus is conditional on proper behavior and observance of rules and regulations. Behavior on the bus that is detrimental to the safety of passengers may result in privileges being denied.
Students That Walk
Only students that live in the blocks around the school are allowed to walk to and from school. This is because they live too close for a bus route. Please take note of the following two areas where students must walk to and from school.
Students that live in the few blocks to the north of school must have an adult walk them to and from school. Students can be walked to the gate area, and students can go to their class from there. In the afternoons, students will go to the car pick up area. Parents can wait at the edge of the Student Assembly Center for all cars to leave. Walkers are allowed to meet their parents after cars have finished. If you choose to pick your child up in a vehicle you MUST go through the car pick up line.
Students living across from Albany Upper must go to the crossing guard and walk across the street to enter Albany Upper campus. Students will walk through that campus to enter Albany Lower. In the afternoons, students will go to a designated area to meet an assigned employee who will walk them to the crossing guard. Parents should wait for their child across the street. Students in Pre-K through first grade must have a parent waiting for them.
Students that live to the south of school must have a parent walk them to the Upper entrance gate. Students will enter the Upper campus and walk to the Lower. In the afternoons, these students go to a designated area and are walked to the Upper. A parent must be waiting at the Upper gate for their child.
If your child walks to and from school, parents are not allowed to bring them or pick them up in vehicles. If you choose to drive them, you must go through the Lower car drop off area. (This is the procedure you will follow in the case of bad weather/rainy days.)
On the rare occasion that a bus rider needs to be a car rider, a parent must send a note with the student or bring a note to the office. The note must include parent or guardian signature and date. A note must be sent each day this is necessary. We cannot accept one note for multiple days. Also, if this happens often, the student will have to be switched to a car rider and will lose his/her assigned seat on the bus.
School attendance is very important. The Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana Department of Education, and Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education policy states that students must be in attendance 167 days to receive credit for the year’s work. State law mandates that students miss no more than 10 unexcused absences for the school year. A student missing more than 10 unexcused absences could result in not passing to the next grade.
Only the following absences will be considered excused if the parent or guardian sends a doctor’s excuse confirming the reason for the absence the day the student returns:
Personal illness (physical or emotional illness)
Serious illness or death in the immediate family
Emergency medical or dental attention
Please remember that it is very important to get an excuse from your doctor for each visit. The excuse must contain the child’s name, date, days of the absence, and reason for the absence. The original doctor’s excuse must be sent to school. Excuses must be sent to school within 5 days of the student’s return. If your excuse is faxed, it is the responsibility of the parent to call the school and ensure that it was received. Students who are habitually absent, tardy or check out may be reported to the FINS Department and the 21st Judicial Court System. Please note we do NOT accept excuses written by parents to excuse an absence.
Albany Lower implements a positive behavior program that focuses on 5 essential areas that not only make for good students but also can carry over into good citizens.
ALE Essential 5:
During discussions, respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas. What they say is important!
Be a good listener
We will follow certain classroom rules our teacher has put in place for us. My job is to be organized and ready to learn.
No matter what the situation is, I will always be honest and tell the truth. Others will respect me for being honest.
Be positive and enjoy school
Some things are just not worth being upset over. Focus on the good things.
Be your best!
Always work hard to do the best and be the best you can be!
These expectations follow students on and off the bus and in every area of campus.
Below are additional expectations for students:
The classroom should be orderly at all times and maintained in a way that is conducive to learning. Therefore, no student has the right to stop the teacher from teaching or students from learning. Your child’s teacher will provide you with more information as to his/her expectations.
Students are expected to walk in an orderly manner to and from the cafeteria. The cafeteria is a time for students to learn social manners. Students are expected to pick up around their dining area and put all food items in the trash bins.
Students are expected to maintain safe riding techniques while on the school bus. This includes facing forward and keeping feet, hands, and objects to self. The student should cooperate and follow the bus driver’s directions at all times.
Walkways to and from buses, car drop off and cafeteria
All students are to report directly to their grade level building upon arriving at school. ALE has color coded paths to assist your child in getting around campus. Students must follow the main blue line until they get to their grade level line.
Pre-K students will follow the white line.
Kindergarten students will follow the red line.
Grade 1 students will follow the yellow line.
Grade 2 students will follow the green line
The orange line leads us to the cafeteria.
Consequences of breaking school and bus expectations
In order to establish a fair and consistent method of disciplining our students, we implement a school wide disciplinary system of consequences along with each individual classroom teacher’s discipline plan. The consequences of not adhering to school and classroom expectations may include, but are not limited to the following:
Student Conferences, Detention (recess and before school), Parent Conferences,
Timeout, Restitution, Suspension/Expulsion
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Our “Albany All-Star Program” allows students to earn tickets for showing good behavior, leadership, kindness, etc. We sing our All-Star song each morning to help remind our students to be the very best that they can be. Students are rewarded with a special treat at the end of each month for reaching their ticket goal. The class with the most tickets gets to display the All-Star Banner in front of their room for the month, and have their picture placed on our Wall of Fame. We also do random prizes several times within a month. Stay tuned for a couple of special assemblies planned for our students that consistently show qualities of an “Albany All-Star”. It has been so rewarding to see our students taking ownership of their behavior, and working hard to make our school community a wonderful place to be. We appreciate all that you do to help us instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in our students.